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Marcy replied to the topic 'Whatcha working on...?' in the forum. 10 minutes ago

That's funny about Golden Slippers. It's why I ask for suggestions for the monthly polls to be session standards. The hope is that we'll learn them here and then have a few ready for when we do go out and play. I bet you'll run into John Hardy before long. I first heard the tune from an English mandolin player over on The Mandolin Café. I went looking for other videos and found mostly ones from your side of the pond. It seems to have sprung up with some popularity over there lately.

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Marcy replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 1 hour 29 minutes ago

Thanks very much, Harmlessonica. Must be option A, because thankfully, I didn't have to do any bending in this tune.

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jeremyh replied to the topic 'Whatcha working on...?' in the forum. 1 hour 40 minutes ago

I have uploaded one video that Howard commented on -he basically said don't do that! It was fair enough as my question was whether the way I was tongue blocking would lead to trouble later on. Just uploaded a second, I'll have to steel myself for the feedback.

Golden Slippers was a new one on me when you posted it in the poll Marcy, and then it crops up again a week or two later, coincidence or synchronicity?
Wildwood Flower I know reasonable well, John Hardy less so, don't hear them all that often this side of the pond, although it seems there's a local bluegrass festival in summer, not really my thing but I might trot along.

I'm trying to stop myself shooting ahead to The Star of the County Down, we are working on that in the Monday band at the moment

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jeremyh thanked Marcy in topic Whatcha working on...? 1 hour 50 minutes ago
spideryak replied to the topic 'Jaw ache' in the forum. 1 hour 57 minutes ago

....My jaw aches and gets tired after 1hr of playing and affects my playing ability....

Mostly I think it all part of the expression getting your "chops" together.

Helps give an appreciation to those who play seemingly so effortlessly....

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Marcy replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 2 hours 14 minutes ago

Thanks Eric. No, I haven't heard them and from what I can tell, it doesn't look like they play the Wabash Cannonball. I'll go listen to a few of their other tunes.

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Marcy replied to the topic 'Whatcha working on...?' in the forum. 2 hours 20 minutes ago

I've got about the same to-do list as you have Jeremy. I'm working on John Hardy and Wildwood Flower from his site too. Love Golden Slippers! Maybe it will win in the poll one of these months!

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Harmlessonica replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 2 hours 26 minutes ago

That's excellent Marcy. I'm particularly impressed with the way you seem to blend different sections together. Noticed it on your other performances too. I don't know if it's just breath force control or actual bending but it really blends the whole piece together and makes for a very professional finish.

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Harmlessonica replied to the topic 'Whatcha working on...?' in the forum. 2 hours 51 minutes ago

jeremyh wrote:

I have joined the Artistworks harmonica school, so it's scale exercises and doing strange things with your tongue. I have just finished (off) 'On top of Old Smokey' and am moving on to 'Oh Susannah'...

I just checked out the school... sounds awesome to get personal critique from Howard Levy. Have you submitted anything yet?

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Eric33 replied to the topic 'Wabash Cannonball February Song of the MonthThe Wa' in the forum. 2 hours 54 minutes ago

Very good effort Marcy,some nice vamping there.I wonder if Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers played this one.You probably don't know them.Eric 33.

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Harmlessonica replied to the topic 'Jaw ache' in the forum. 3 hours 7 minutes ago

I wish I had the luxury of a whole hour's practice! Any time I play for more than a few minutes, I tend to get cramps in my hands. Its a problem I've had for some years, but rather than quit the harp altogether, I just reduced my sessions to a minimum.

I would definitely advise shortening your practice sessions. Not only will you reduce any aches, but your concentration will remain high and you will benefit more from your practice.

Of course, you will aim to have the same amount of practice time, just split into smaller chunks and spread out accordingly.

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Tootler replied to the topic 'How do you record yourself?' in the forum. 3 hours 14 minutes ago

I looked into loopers a while back but decided against one eventually. The will be great for live performnance where you can lay down harmonies or accompaniments then play over it.

I've been looking at vocal effects units instead. There are a couple of Vox ones I'm interested and I've some Amazon vouchers which will cover most of the cost. The Vocal Performer (VE5 or VE20) includes a looper but the VE2 Vocal Harmoniser is a bit cheaper and does most of what I want. The VE5 seems to be pretty much the same as the VE20 but without the foot switches. I'm still making up my mind.

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jeremyh thanked SWAPAN DEB in topic Whatcha working on...? 5 hours 31 minutes ago
SWAPAN DEB replied to the topic 'Whatcha working on...?' in the forum. 5 hours 37 minutes ago

Hi Jeremy, it's a good decision to join a school where you can learn to play in a systematic way.

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jeremyh replied to the topic 'How do you record yourself?' in the forum. 5 hours 41 minutes ago

I use a Zoom H1 Digital Recorder, often as a USB mic that feeds straight into Audacity so I ca make multiple tracks.

I am tempted by a looper, all I have done is read the reviews, but the RC3 seemed to be the one I would get.

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jeremyh replied to the topic 'Whatcha working on...?' in the forum. 5 hours 48 minutes ago

I have joined the Artistworks harmonica school, so it's scale exercises and doing strange things with your tongue. I have just finished (off) 'On top of Old Smokey' and am moving on to 'Oh Susannah'. Outside of that there's 'Golden Slippers' for the slow session in the pub -as that fits on a G harmonica -there's one bend which I attempt, not very successfully, and the 'Wabash Cannonball' where can get away without bending.

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Harpoman replied to the topic 'Jaw ache' in the forum. 6 hours 35 minutes ago

Hido you have any condition of joint problems. You might be too tense while you are playing. I know Branded Powers uses this technique where he goes from hols to hole just moving his jaw. If you are doing the same. Stop it for a while.

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Harpoman shared a photo. 6 hours 39 minutes ago

This is a good tool to use. You can see your tongue blocking in a mirror. A brilliant harpist named Joe Filisko. Only about $12 or so.

Harmlessonica I remember seeing this in one of the Dave Barrett videos. Truth be told, it's one of those things that's useful for you to do yourself, but somewhat... Show more 2 hours 47 minutes ago
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Lithy created a new topic ' Jaw ache' in the forum. 7 hours 13 minutes ago

My jaw aches and gets tired after 1hr of playing and affects my playing ability. Is there any exercise one can do to strengthen the jaw area or a technique I need to adopt?

Thanks.
Lithy.

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SWAPAN DEB replied to the topic 'Harmonica Review - Suzuki Manji in Low F.' in the forum. 10 hours 30 minutes ago

Yes Dex, Manji requires a bit more air in Key D(my another is C). How much more, no idea about, because of my other keys of Suzuki and Seydel are G,A,Bb and C. One or two reads may be stuck mostly when it's new. I am living in a summer based city, occasionally I face reed sticking problem.

I like it's tone, specially when I play live(not recording) through microphone with reverb and delay or when I play in washroom(ha..ha...ha..) without mic. Wow...how sweet.

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